If the majority of Knicks fans had their way regarding this summer's free agency class, then both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant would be wearing Knicks jerseys to begin next season.
But count Charles Barkley as a vocal dissenter to either playing under the bright lights of Broadway.
The Turner analyst told reporters Tuesday, according to Sports Illustrated's Jimmy Traina, that he would advise Durant that he's not tough enough to play in New York. Barkley also said the same applied for Irving.
More Barkley: " I dont think Durant or Kyrie are tough enough to play in NY. Kyrie's a very good player. Kevin's a great, great player. But Im not sure they have the mental make up to play in NY. Those guys are complaining about the media asking questions. Maybe NY isnt for them.- Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) March 12, 2019
Both superstars have had contentious interactions with their respective teams' media contingencies throughout the year. It's caused enough waves that Barkley feels the scrutiny that comes with playing in New York would be too much for Durant and Irving.
On Monday, Irving apologized for for how he's handled himself this season, which began with him announcing to fans that he would be re-signing with Boston. That doesn't seem as possible as it did then, and Durant supposedly has "one foot out the door" from Golden State. However, neither are apparently favoring the Knicks at the moment.
"I'm not sure they have the mental make-up to play in New York," Barkley told Traina.
After trading Kristaps Porzingis in January, the Knicks will have the cap room to sign two players to max deals.
It's all setting up to be an interesting summer for the Knicks.